This course is an introduction to immigration law and policy. Its concentration is on the study and analysis of governing immigration laws and the application of those laws to immigration practice. Current immigration policies and procedures will also be analyzed and discussed. Topics covered include: historical developments and sources of immigration law, federal agencies governing immigration law and practice, admission procedures to the U.S. to include immigrant and non-immigrant visas and citizenship, removal (commonly referred to as “deportation”) laws and procedures, and relief from removal to include asylum, cancellation of removal, and other forms of relief.
After completing this course, the student will be able to:
Describe the history and development of immigration law and policy
Describe the various federal agencies that govern immigration practice to include Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Executive Office of Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Explain U.S. entry procedures to include immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, adjustment of status, and citizenship procedures
Describe inadmissibility and removal procedures under the Immigration and Nationality Act
Recognize methods of removal (also known as “deportation” used by immigration officials
Compare and contrast various administrative relief from removal procedures
Analyze asylum and refugee law
Apply immigration law and procedures within various vignettes presented
Evaluate current immigration issues in the news or proposed legislation in light of existing law and policy
Prepare a case brief or written immigration case summary from the Board of Immigration Appeals
The grading will be based on forum assignments, case essay, written assignments, as well as an open book mid-term and final examination.
Assignments & Forum Participation: There will be forum and assignments during the course. They are selected to provide the student with hands-on experience in applying the law and theories being discussed.
Exams: The mid-term and final exams will be taken open book. The exams will be posted in the electronic classroom under "Tests and Quizzes.” These examinations will cover selected sections of the lessons and assigned reading. They will consist of True/False, multiple choice, fill in the blank, and essays.
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